It also marks the beginning of the spring season. This is when we roll down the windows, shake out the carpets, and give everything a good scrub down. Nature uses it as a big old reset button. Everything starts to come to life and breathe anew. Animals (including us) use this time to prepare for what is to come.
Our bodies are naturally in tune with this restart. We naturally want to move more and feel free. The premise of “spring cleaning” is to shake off the old, reclaim the new and purge, purge, purge! This translates perfectly to your Yoga practice. Do away with what you have accumulated during the long cold winter, eliminate the stories you have created around certain poses. Are there poses you tell yourself you just can’t do?? Get rid of that story and start preparing for when you can do this pose.
Take this fresh start as a chance to change your perspective, eliminate the excuses you have spent all winter creating about specific classes you just can’t make it to because you are a “morning/night person” – 6am, I am looking at you!!
Take stock of what truly isn’t working, physically and mentally, in your practice and give yourself permission to stop doing that. Stop forcing your breakthroughs, stop future-tripping about the class you might not be able to make because of other commitments…during the class you are currently in.
Just write yourself the following permission slip:
I WILL NOT________ BECAUSE IT ISNT SERVING ME or MY PRACTICE.
Seriously, write it on a post-it and stick it to your yoga mat. Announce it!!
Our practices need the change the spring equinox creates and your body needs different poses and different sequences at different points in the year. Maybe you need to step up to the edge in certain areas of your practice or maybe you need to dial it back and focus on the basics just to see what blooms.
Also, take this time to reassess your goals. They shouldn’t be the same as the winter months. Take stock to decide and announce what this season holds for you. Do you need to work on staying in the moment or do you need to let go of fear and let your muscles (and not your mind) tell you how far you can go?
Use this Natural Reset to get the most out of the next 91 days (give or take a few hours). Shake off the old, purge the unnecessary, and clean up everything that is left. Enjoy where this new perspective will take you and be thankful for the clean slate!
Enjoy what flourishes from your renewed commitment,